Sermon of the Right Reverend Dom Jean Pateau
Abbot of Our Lady of Fontgombault
Fontgombault, February 26, 2020
Convertimini ad me.
Be converted to Me with all your heart.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
My dearly beloved Sons,
The Holy Forty Days of Penance are back, days both dreaded and desired.
Dreaded, for they remind us that it is our duty to convert, to turn around. What is at stake in this turnaround is perhaps not the ultimate orientation of our lives, yet, it does demand a true effort on such or such point, which we have to discern and acknowledge. It’s never something easy to give up habits that have grown old at the same pace as we have. What a token of love if we do that! What a merit!
These days are also desired, for they will end up in the light of the Risen One. The Easter night encounter is like the magnet reorienting the compass of our lives during Lent.
Encountering and receiving the Lord cannot be improvised…
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